1. Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Who Else? The Chicago Cubs' 2011 Rotation

    The Chicago Cubs are giving their fans hope for the 2011 season, which means guys like Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano will need some help to keep said hope going...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 4 years ago 1,473 reads 5 comments

  2. Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins' Optimal Batting Order in October

    The Minnesota Twins' offense has comprised a lot of moving parts in the month of September. Minor injuries to catcher Joe Mauer, shortstop J.J...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about 4 years ago 939 reads 3 comments

  3. Scott Baker, Not Nick Blackburn, Should Start for Minnesota Twins in Playoffs

    Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey will battle for the final spot in long relief in the Twins' bullpen once the American League playoffs begin next week, according to manager Ron Gardenhire...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 470 reads 4 comments

  4. Monday Night Meltdown: How the Green Bay Packers Lost to the Bears

    The Green Bay Packers, preseason Super Bowl darlings, had much to prove entering Monday night's showdown with the Chicago Bears.They had managed to escape with wins in each of their first two games, but had failed to look impressive in either contest...

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  5. Jose Bautista Joins 50-Home Run Club: Ranking All 42 50-Homer Seasons

    When the player's strike of 1994-95 ended, Major League Baseball began its 120th season of play. In the first 119 years, 50 home runs was a nearly unreachable plateau, reserved for the game's true elite: It had been done only 18 times, by 11 players...

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  6. Kerry Wood Rumors: Could Hurler Come Home to Chicago Cubs?

    Who says you can't go home? Kerry Wood, the sometime Cub who remains beloved of the team's fanbase, will be a free agent this winter...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 1,914 reads 10 comments

  7. Carl Crawford Rumors: Could the Chicago Cubs Really Be Bidders?

    The Chicago Cubs will be among four teams most eager to sign free agent-to-be Carl Crawford this offseason, according to ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter)...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 1,995 reads 25 comments

  8. MLB Trade Rumors: Chicago Cubs May Have Interest In Ryan Doumit

    It has been a quick and decisive fall from grace for Pittsburgh Pirates catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit. In 2008, Doumit looked like a future superstar. He hit .318/.357/.501, and was worth 3...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 3,248 reads 7 comments

  9. AL MVP Race: Josh Hamilton and Four Other Perfectly Deserving Candidates

    Most years, when it comes time to select the MVP of each league, there is one standout candidate. Almost no one raised any dispute to the selections of Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols as ...

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  10. Geovany Soto Out for Season: Chicago Cubs Glimpse Future at Catcher

    Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, according to MLB.com. Soto, 27, was baseball's best offensive catcher when healthy this year, and will be ready for spring training nest February...

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  11. Chicago Cubs Wild Card: Team Needs Pitching, Should Take Look at Barret Loux

    When the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Barret Loux with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 MLB amateur Draft, many said the move was aimed at saving money: Loux was projected to go later ...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 781 reads 3 comments

  12. Southpaw Staying Power: Sean Marshall Should Be Extended by Cubs This Winter

    This might be hard to believe, but Sean Marshall has probably been better than most Chicago Cubs fans think this season. Marshall, who turned 28 last month, has had a marvelous season in the Cubs' bullpen in 2010...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 197 reads 2 comments

  13. MLB Trade Rumors: Five Top-Flight Pitchers On Trade Market This Winter

    For several years now, it has been Major League Baseball tradition that cash-strapped teams shop one or more of their best players during the annual Winter Meetings...

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  14. Tyler Colvin, Alfonso Soriano Perfect Platoon Partners for 2011 Chicago Cubs

    Offensively, Tyler Colvin and Alfonso Soriano have been very nearly the same player this season. The two outfielders' batting averages, on-base percentages, slugging averages, and walk ...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 317 reads 1 comments

  15. Lovie Unloved: Criticism Of Bears Coach Has Become Excessive

    Chicago Bears fans are passionate creatures. In 2009, the team rated as the league's fourth-most popular in a Nielsen Group study--despite a 7-9 campaign...

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  16. Extension With a K: Cubs Should Lock Up Carlos Marmol This Winter

    It's not as though Carlos Marmol throws 100 miles per hour. It isn't as though he can pinpoint the ball on either corner, or change a batter's eye level at will...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 236 reads 0 comments

  17. Minnesota Vikings Lose 14-9 in NFL Season Opener: Why It's Not Cause for Panic

    The Minnesota Vikings may yet win their second straight division title this season, but they got off on the wrong foot...

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  18. Randy Wells Could Help Shore Up Chicago Cubs' Bullpen in 2011

    With speculation rampant that the Chicago Cubs will pursue a starting pitcher in free agency this offseason, an implicit question presents itself: who will be the odd man out? To accommodate ...

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  19. Chicago Cubs Seeking Pitching This Winter: Five Guys Who Fit The Bill

    Beginning at about the end of the Lou Piniella era on August 22, rumors began to swirl about the Chicago Cubs' intention to sign at least one free-agent starting pitcher this offseason...

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  20. Brandon Inge Worth a Look for Chicago Cubs at Third Base

    With the Detroit Tigers far removed from playoff contention this September, speculation has already begun about the futures of some of the team's free agents-to-be. Among these players, the most desirable by far is third baseman Brandon Inge...

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  21. Tale Of Two Seasons: Why The 2010 Cubs Couldn't Put It All Together

    Inconsistent. To sum up the Chicago Cubs of 2010 in one word, that word is the clear choice. Until a seven-game skid from late July into early August, the team had not won or lost more than four games in a row all season...

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 4 years ago 523 reads 2 comments

  22. Five Reasons To Believe CC Sabathia Will Win 300 Games

    In baseball, as in life, predicting the future is exceedingly difficult. Six years ago, when Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux took his long-reserved place in baseball's venerated 300-win ...

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  23. MLB 2010: Five Cubs To Watch in September

    With just one month remaining of the misery that has been the 2010 season in Lakeview, the Chicago Cubs are 20 games below .500...

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  24. 2010 MLB Trade Rumors: Could Chicago's Ted Lilly Be Philadelphia-Bound?

    The Philadelphia Phillies have made a mid-rotation starting pitcher their top trade deadline priority, according to a tweet by ESPN's Buster Olney ...

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  25. Carlos Zambrano Becomes Jim Hendry's Latest Scapegoat: Who Are We Really Mad At?

    "It was unacceptable," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella of pitcher Carlos Zambrano's dugout fireworks after the first inning of Friday's 6-0 loss to the crosstown rival White Sox at U...

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